The pomegranate originated in Iran and Afghanistan. In Persian writing, the pomegranate confers invincibility. In Greek and Roman mythology, pomegranates are linked to Persephone who, each year, returned from the Underworld to mark the start of spring. Spring is associated with regeneration, fertility and abundance. Hence, the pomegranate decorates the religious artifacts of many of the major religions. The medical profession has embraced the symbolism - that of health and life.